Druk Path Trek

  • Destination: Paro, Punakha, Thimphu
  • Duration: 13 days

The six day trek on a 13 day visit is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.

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The six day trek is the most popular trek in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200 m. On the third day hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout.

This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June or September-November.

12 Nights – 13 Days Tour & Trek

This is a 6 day-trek through high altitude and is moderately strenuous. The trek, starting from Thimphu and ending in Paro, passes through some beautiful high Altitude lakes. It is very popular. The highest point is 3800m.

 


Day – 01 ARRIVAL AT PARO

You will be on board Druk Air , Bhutan ’s only National Airlines, and land at Paro Airport (the only Airport of the Kingdom).  The journey offers you the most magnificent and breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas , including the towering Mt Everest.

While en route, complete immigration and custom form formalities for later declaration. Put your address in Bhutan as c/o Bhutan Happyland. Keep your custom forms safe, as you need to produce the same on departure. Put the forms in the passport along with $20 visa fee and two passport sized photos.

On arrival, the group will be accorded a very warm reception by our representative and driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 


Day –02 Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast, sightseeing to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were repulsed.  To the north can be seen in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Chomolharior the abode of the “mountain of goddess.”

En route, see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan . The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here.

After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.

Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints. Walk down to the cantilever bridge below the dzong where your car awaits.

Ovenight at hotel.

 


The Taktshang, or “Tiger’s Nest Monastery,” clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 ft above Paro valley. Legend has it that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated there for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, built a monastery on the site and gave it the name Taktshang, as a reminder of its origins in the Padmasambhava legends.

The Taktshang, or “Tiger’s Nest Monastery,” clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 ft above Paro valley. Legend has it that in the eighth century Guru Padmasambhava flew to the cliff on the back of a tigress and meditated there for three months. Centuries later, in 1684, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, built a monastery on the site and gave it the name Taktshang, as a reminder of its origins in the Padmasambhava legends.

Day- 03 EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG

After an early breakfast,  drive to the foot of the Taktshang cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face.  Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang Cafeteria.The trip to and fro takes four hours for which riding ponies can be arranged.

Overnight at HOTEL.

 


DAY 4: PARO – JILI DZONG

Distance 7 km, 4-5 hours, 1,090 m ascent, camp altitude 3,480 m.

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

 


DAY 5: JILI DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA

Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, 310 m ascent, 50 m descent, camp altitude 3,770 m.

You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.


DAY 6: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMGELANG TSHO

Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 230 m descent, 330 m ascent, camp altitude 3,870 m.

The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.


DAY 7: JIMGELANG TSHO – SIMKOTRA TSHO

Distance 11 km, 4 hours, 820 m ascent, 400 m descent, camp altitude 4,110 m.

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.


DAY 8: SIMKOTRA TSHO – PHAJODING

Distance 10 km, 3-4 hours, 130 m ascent, 680 m descent, camp altitude 3,750 m.

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery.


DAY 9: PHAJODHING – MOTHITANG

Distance 4-5 km, 3 hours, 1,130 m descent.

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.


DRUK PATH – FINISH

Druk Path – Finish 

The Druk Path finishes at the Bhutan Broadcast Service (BBS) Telecommunication Tower, offering great view of the city of Thimphu. Back to hotel for a hot shower and a delicious lunch.

 


Day- 10 Thimphu Sightseeing

Morning visit the memorial temple that depicts the Buddhist teachings in form of paintings and statues. Originally the Third King who is known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan” initiated this temple to protect the nation against negative elements. His son the present King and the Queen Mother completed the temple. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum , where life in medieval Bhutan is still showcased; the National Library, the repository of all ancient books and manuscripts; the Textile Museumfor antique textile collections; and the Zilukha Nunnery and the 12thcentury Changgangkha temple. Drive up to the highest viewpoint overlooking Thimphu valley and while returning, the Takin research center. Should time permit, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of both spiritual and temporal powers. Independent tour of the town in the evening.

Overnight at hotel.


Day – 11 Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing

After breakfast drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, stop at Do Chula Pass (Alt. 3050m.) for tea/coffee and enjoy the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan ranges. Lunch at Hotel.

After lunch visit Chimi lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the Divine Mad Man. The temple is revered for giving fertility to barren woman and thus a cynosure for childless couples. Visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 on a sliver of land between two rivers.

Night at Hotel.


Day – 12 Excursions to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten -Thimphu

After breakfast, drive north for a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. This temple stands majestically on a strategic ridge above Punakha valley. Prophesised in the scriptures by Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa, the temple was built by the queens. It is intended to ward off negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world. The unique architectural design has been drawn from the scriptures. After lunch drive to Paro.

Night at Hotel.

 


Day 13 – Departure

Our Representative will bid you farewell. TASHI DELEK.


SEASON: Mar –June & Sept-Nov.

CLIMATE: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be very cold and in winter sometimes comes below freezing points.

WHAT TO BRING: Personal clothing, strong normal clothing (accordingly), preferably cotton for summer. woolen clothes for evening and winter.

For TREKKING: Strong trekking boots, sunglasses, headgear, raincoat, sleeping bag, torchlight etc.

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